Day in history for April 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Good improved farms in Rock Island County are now selling at $20 to $25 an acre and unimproved land at $5 to $7. Only two years ago land could still be claimed at $1.25 an acre.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Frederick Wolferz, 80, died this morning. He had served in the Prussian Army, was in the Florida War and the Mexican War. For 30 years he had made knives, forks and spoons in this city, doing first class work.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed the Galesburg High School. Two firemen were killed by a falling wall.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A site, 42nd Street and 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, has been selected for the proposed Denkmann Grade School.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A wild raccoon, first spotted atop McCabe's store sign, attracted scores of spectators in downtown Rock Island. After police and firemen had been called and a fire ladder raised, the coon scampered along a ledge of the Rock Island Bank Building and crouched beside an air conditioning unit of the Dr. R.M. Criswell office. The coon was captured later after it jumped.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A conrete gold lion statue was stolen and a metal statue damaged Monday evening at the Stardust Motel, 1166 19th St., Moline. An employee told police the lion was stolen and an arm was torn from a metal statue after 5 p.m. Monday. The items were valued at more than $150.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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